CBO says 70 percent of Pentagon's war contingency account not really for contingencies

By Tony Bertuca  
October 24, 2018 at 2:44 PM
About 70 percent of the Pentagon's $69 billion Overseas Contingency Operations account -- intended for warfighting costs -- will actually pay for "enduring" priorities that would likely continue in the absence of U.S. military operations in the Middle East, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report . Though the Pentagon has recently been more upfront about its reliance on OCO to circumvent spending caps mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act, the department has not provided a clear...

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